Location: Lombok, Indonesia
Collaborators: Lane Lab (University of Rhode Island) and Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia).
Goal: Identify key species supporting coral reef food webs and fisheries in Indonesian waters and the consequences of different fisheries and tourism management strategies on biodiversity, from microbes to megafauna and on up to people.
Significance: This project will help develop indicator species that confer fisheries and tourism management success for coral reefs that maintain ecosystem function and resilience for people.
Status: Getting off the ground in July 2016 with data collection.
Background: Indonesia is the epicenter of the world’s coastal and marine biodiversity. Here, coral reefs support approximately half of the global population of small-scale fishers and the fisheries sector is the third largest in the world. Indonesia’s oceans, however, are under threat from multiple stressors. In fact, 91% of coral reefs in Indonesia are threatened by a range of human activity, including overfishing, destructive fishing, and illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. Solutions are needed that integrate data-driven approaches but there are virtually no data on Indonesian marine biodiversity for large portions of the food web.